At the Maylands Business Centre, we aim to provide local businesses with a diverse and full range of business support functions, covering a broad array of issues.

With a dedicated business adviser, the Maylands Business Centre is the place to come for help with all aspects of your business, from business planning and marketing strategy to skills, training and financial advice. The team also has a wealth of knowledge and help to cover all aspects of your business. The service is free of charge and open to all businesses in Dacorum.

We have been working with partners from both the private and public sector to put together a programme which will provide businesses, regardless of size, sector or the amount of time they have been trading, including start-up businesses with support and advice across all topics important and helpful to businesses.


Free Business Advice & Workshops

Job Centre Plus

Job Centre Plus

JCP have committed to providing information and assistance, predominantly around enterprise support for business start-ups and will focus on those that are currently out of employment but looking to open their own business.  Through the JCP entrepreneurs will potentially be able to apply for enterprise allowance which could assist with business start-up costs and independent business mentoring.

Michael Macartney

Michael MaCartney Management Services

Highly experienced and multilingual, Michael Macartney, owns his own commercial business management consultancy, and has decided that he would like to offer his knowledge and experience to assist local businesses via the Maylands Business Centre.

Michael has agreed to have a presence at the centre by offering one to one sessions, as well as courses and seminars, initially on a booked appointment, ad hoc basis which can adjust according to demand, starting at the end of June 2011.  Michael’s areas of expertise which he will be able to offer support on are sales and marketing both UK and export, business management and company structure

Cobham Consulting

Cobham Consulting

Caroline Jones, owner of Cobham Consulting, a local recruitment agency, has committed to providing a range of employment support to local businesses from the Maylands Business Centre.  Caroline would like to have a presence at the centre offering individual appointments and group training covering topics including – assessing CVs, short listing skills, interviewing skills, legislation requirements and employment law.

Caroline would aim to hold the one to one sessions once every two weeks and will hold courses according to demand.

Rosemary Book Keeping

Rosemary Books

From August 2011 commercial bookkeeping company, Rosemary Bookkeeping, have committed to have a presence at the Maylands Business Centre offering bookkeeping advice and support in the style of one to one surgeries.

From September/October 2011 Rosemary Books would also look to hold ‘Discovery Days’ at the centre, enabling people who would like to run their own business but not sure how or nervous about going it alone to look at the possibility of starting their own Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise.

Lorica Insurance Brokers


Local commercial insurance company, Lorica, have expressed interest in providing advice to local businesses focusing on all of the different aspects of insurance including ensuring the companies are covered for all eventualities.   Lorica have also stated that they would be happy to advice on risk assessments for businesses.


Hemel Hempstead Churches Together

Graham Richardson, member of HHCC, is already a Chaplin for local Town Centre Business as well as the local police.  Graham would like extend his support to the local business community by having a presence at the Maylands Business Centre.

We have a wide range of business support as outlined above, but Graham will be available to offer more personal support which can be really useful especially when you are embarking on new business start-up plans.

Business Orchard

Business Orchard Accountancy

Are you looking for an innovative firm of chartered accountants who can help you improve the performance and profitability of your business?  Then look no further. At Business Orchard, we believe your accountant should do a lot more than just report on how your business is doing – he or she should help you identify opportunities to improve your bottom line and support you in achieving your goals.

We provide a wide range of services including bookkeeping, accounting, VAT, payroll, personal and business tax, strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting, all aimed at improving your business.

Whether you are a new start up business or have been established for many years, we are here to support you.

We will be available each month at the Centre to offer free advice to anyone who needs it.

Hlping Clients Succeed

Kingston Smith LLP – Your local accountants and business advisers

Your local team at Kingston Smith have a wealth of experience providing pro-active, robust advice to owner managers of businesses across a range of sectors including; technology; I.T.; Property; and Marketing. We are able to assist our clients across a range of services including; Audit and Accountancy; Business Planning and cash flows; VAT; Personal and Corporate Tax advice; Corporate financing and Company Secretarial, as well as assisting with looking at establishing your business abroad when the time comes!

Our client service team’s role is to understand your business and marketplace so that we can tailor the right service just when you need it. It’s this synergy of sector expertise and tailored specialist services that makes that difference and assists us to help our clients succeed.

If you would like any further information on the services to be offered at the Maylands Business Centre or you would like to make an appointment with any of the above support partners, please contact Lesley Crisp on 01442 531003 or email